14-Year-Old Charged with Germantown Armed Carjacking

by Patrick Herron

On Friday, April 8, at approximately 7:52 p.m., 5th District officers responded to Crystal Rock Drive for the report of an armed carjacking that just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that upon exiting his family’s vehicle, the victim was approached by a group of masked teenage suspects, between the ages of 15 and 18-years-old. One of the suspects who approached the victim removed a handgun from his waistband and demanded the keys to the car. The victim initially refused the suspect’s demands and they began to attack him, striking him in the head and body. An unknown female suspect took the keys from the victim’s hand and gave them to the suspect with the gun. The suspects then fled the scene in the victim’s car. Upon fleeing the scene, the suspects struck another vehicle with the stolen car.

Throughout the course of the investigation probable cause was developed to identify the 14-year-old from Gaithersburg as one of the suspects involved in the armed carjacking.

On Tuesday, April 26, detectives applied for and obtained a search and seizure warrant for the residence of the juvenile.

On Wednesday, April 27, the search warrant was executed at his residence in Gaithersburg. Items of evidentiary value were recovered at the residence connecting him to the April 8, 2022 carjacking, as well as an armed robbery that occurred on March 25, 2022.

Detectives charged the juvenile suspect with armed carjacking.

The additional suspects are described as two Black males and one Black female with braids, between 15 and 18-years-old.

Anyone with information regarding these suspects or this crime is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or 240-773-TIPS or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the other suspect. Callers can remain anonymous.

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